Staffordshire - Accident spurs speed limit drive

26th February 2010 at 00:00

The mother of a Staffordshire schoolboy who was knocked down by a car is campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit.

Pupils and teachers from Moorside High, in Werrington, have lent their support to the new 20mph limit on the road directly in front of their school.

Robert Mapperson, 11, was hit after coming out of the school gates. He received several cuts to his head, requiring stitches, and suffered a badly bruised hip. Liz Mapperson believes that her son was "extremely lucky" not to have been more seriously injured.

"It's a very dangerous road even though the driver was not speeding," she said. "But if motorists had to slow down, it could prevent further accidents."

She said she felt sorry for the driver involved in the incident.

Robert's classmates have been supportive during his recovery, and of his mother's campaign.

Jan Bird, Moorside deputy head, told the Staffordshire Sentinel that the school would be approaching the council to request protective railings. "When there are 700 pupils spilling on to the pavement after school, it's easy for someone to step into the road," she said. AB.

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